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Building Technology Heritage Library 

Modern American Homes 

Prepared ty 

H. V. VON HOLST, A. B., S. B. 

Architect, Ckicago 








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HE American home has undergone many changes in the last twenty years. The public is realizing more and more the value of outdoor life, as 
evidenced by the fact that large and small cities have country clubs, which are located in the most attractive spots of the region, forming in most 
cases the nucleus for a colony of country homes. The steadily improving means of transportation have also enabled the city man of moderate means 
to Eve at some distance from his place of business and enjoy all the advantages and comforts which are derived from a home in clean, fresh air, 

amongst trees, shrubs, and flowers. 

It is interesting to note that this tendency towards country life-the "back to nature" movement-has produced, in a way, a new architecture 
wh,ch is very d.rect ,n its expression and which * endeavoring all the time to eliminate the superfluous and fanciful. This new type of home has utility as its fundamental 
principle It must embody all modern improvements and it must be economical in its general makeup. Another demand, which comes from the faculty of the 
average Amencan to adapt h.mself quickly to his surroundings is that the modern country home shall seem a part of the scenery, a requirement which has encouraged 
the architec and the owner to use local materials in die buildings wherever possible. Such modern improvements as the central heating plant and sanitary appliances 
have also helped considerably to change the general character of the American home, making the plan of the house a very flexible and interesting composition. 

It is high tune that this tendency to build an mdividual home be fostered and encouraged, as the over-crowding of our cities has resulted in an abundance of the 
poorer types of apartment and of tenement house, neither of which are conducive to a healthy development or to an increased efficiency of a nation. Such forms of 
dwelling are undoubtedly necessary, but there are so many instances where they are built by speculative interests without due regard to the demands of health 
and good sanitation that the people should be diverted to as great a degree as possible, from the cities into surroundings where living conditions are more ideal. 
n our day especially, where concentration of energy has been developed to such a high degree, it is absolutely essential that the men and women, who are crowded 
together during the day time in very congested business districts, have the opportunity to enjoy a complete change of environment after the strenuous working hours. 

It is with the idea of stimulating this increasing appreciation of good building and of comfortable country homes on the part of city people that this book has been 
published. By far the largest part of the publication shows houses of moderate cost, quite within reach of the great mass of modest salaried men. It has been the 
aun to illustrate these in as concise a orm as possible, giving floor plans in most cases, in addition to exterior views of the building, and sometimes even interiors. 
Wherever possible the cost of the budding has been given, but attention should be called to the fact that the cost must be considered in connection with the date of 
erection of he and the locality, masmuch as these two factors will sometimes affect the cost considerably. The cost of building and labor has steadily 
mcreased of late years, and ,t is also a curious fact that building in or near a large city is considerably more expensive than building in a small town or in the country. 

call Jtn'ThTj VVT f tZ " Fl^ ^r'^Df *"% ^ ^ ° f ^T * ^^ n ° l °^ 3S l ° pUs ' but a ' S ° aS t0 materia!s Used ' S P e cial attention is 
called to TheUn.form.ty of Modern Floor Plans," Pate 45, and "Studies of Different Exterior Treatments of theSame Plan," Plate 46. An examination of these two 
pages will enable the reader to appreciate some of the fundamental points to consider when studying the plans of a house or when contemplating the building of a home. 

It has been deemed advisable to include ulustrat.ons of a few larger homes in order to show that in the best type of these expensive residences the same feeling of 
simplicity is adhered to that constitutes the charm of the smaller house. 

A few pages have been devoted to typical apartment houses of different sizes. It is only quite recently that the living porch has been made a feature of the 
flat in ^ attempt to give it one of the most attractive features of the individual home. There is also a tendency in some localities to take awav the box-like appearance 
of the ordinary flat building by giving it a pitched roo , and by increasing the size of the court on which the flats face. However, this fact is to be emphasized that not 
even the nicest flat can take the place of a flome with a garden around it. The latter will mean somewhat more work, but is amply compensated for in the advantages 
that come from having a place where one can enjoy and appreciate the seasons of year in the open, and thus gain physically and mentally, to a remarkable degree. 

H. V. von HOLST 


The Two- Story Home 

Plate 1 A Simple Home as Part of the Landscape 

Plates 2, 3 An Attractive Small House in Harmony with Its Surroundings 

Plate 4 An Interesting Fireproof Dwelling 

Plate 5 An Excellent Type of Stucco Country Home with Decided Colonial Feeling 

Plate 6 A Brick House of Simple but Dignified Design 

Plates 7, 8 A Wayside Modern Home with all the Charm of an Old English Cottage 

Plate 9 An Architect's Home 

Plate 1 A Beautiful Type of Modern Suburban Home 

Plates 11,12 A Quaint Old-Fashioned House 

Plate 1 3 A Modern Suburban Home with Original Treatment of Exterior 

Plate 1 4 A Low-Cost Suburban Home 

Plate 1 5 A Modest Suburban Residence with Excellent Lines 

Plates 1 6, 1 7 A Solid Concrete Country House 

Plate 18 A Small but Well-Arranged Home at Moderate Cost 

Plate 1 9 An Inexpensive Frame House of Good Design 

Plate 20 A Tile and Plaster House of the Square Type 

Plate 2 1 A Fine Type of Suburban Home 

Plate 22 An Inexpensive Southern Cottage 

Plate 23 A Delightful Low-Cost "Square House** 

Plates 24, 25 A Commodious- Looking Country Home 

Plate 26 A Frame and Stucco Country House 

Plate 27 An Effective Suburban Home of Moderate Cost 

Plate 28 A Frame and Shingle Dwelling of Unusual and Effective Design 

Plate 29 An Inexpensive Suburban Home 

Plate 30 Four Country Houses Showing Different Exterior Treatment 

Plate 3 1 Brick and Stucco Dwelling with Decided Colonial Aspect 

Plate 32 A Cement Plaster House, Almost Severe in Its Simplicity 

Plate 33 Cement Plaster Houses 

Plate 34 A Well-Planned Cement Plaster House of Dignified Character 

Plate 35 Four Suburban Homes in the Vicinity of Chicago, Illinois 

Plate 36 A Design in Keeping with Its Environment 

Plate 37 Two Effective Stucco Houses 

Plate 38 Colonial Farmhouses 

Plate 39 Four Simple Comfortable Homes 

Plates 40-42 A Compact Home in a Small City 

Plate 43 Four Typical Old- Fashioned Homes 

Plate 44 Two-Story Country Houses of Moderate Cost 

Plate 45 The Uniformity of Modern Floor Plans 

Plate 46 Studies of Different Exterior Treatments of the Same Plan 

The One -Story Home 

Plates 47, 48 A Simple Country Home of the Bungalow Type 

Plate 49 An Interesting Suburban Home with Garage in the Basement 

Plate 50 Four Small Houses Showing the Value of Well- Placed Foliage 

Plate 5 1 A Concrete Bungalow of Moderate Cost 

Plates 52, 53 Country House with a Sleeping Porch 

Plate 54 Low-Cost Bungalows 

Plate 55 A Picturesque Bungalow — Bungalow of Rustic Character 

Plate 56 Two Effective Bungalows of Low Cost 

Plate 5 7 Four Charming Pasadena Bungalows 

Plate 58 A Summer Bungalow of Distinct Merit 

Plate 59 Inexpensive Bungalows 

Plate 60 A Charming and Inexpensive Bungalow 



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Plates 79, 80 
Plates 81, 82 
Plate 83 

Six Attractive Bungalows 

Two Delightful Seashore Cottages 

An Easy Housekeeping Cottage 

Four Picturesque Western Bungalows 

A Simple Bungalow with Convenient Interior Arrangement 

Four Attractive California Bungalows of Moderate Cost 

Two Attractive California Bungalows 

A Forest Home of Rustic Charm 

Tent- Houses for Summer Days 

An Artistic Bungalow of Moderate Cost 

Small Attractive Homes of Low Cost 

An $ I 1 00 Summer Cottage 

California Bungalows 

A Cozy Bungalow for $2,600 

Trie Tent- House, Boatkouse, and Garage 

Inexpensive Tent-House for the Summer Season 
Boathouse and Camp in the Adirondacks 
Four Small House Garages 
Four Private Garages at Low Cost 

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Plate 84 
Plates 85, 86 
Plate 87 
Plate 88 
Plate 89 
Plate 90 
Plates 91, 92 
Plates 93, 94 
Plates 95, 96 
Plate 97 
Plate 98 

A Modern Colonial House 

An Attractive Home with Shingled Exterior 

A Well-Designed Frame Dwelling Whose Chief Characteristic Is Simplicity 

Plate 99 
Plate 100 
Plate 101 
Plate 102 
Plate 103 

A Colonial Plaster House 

A Lake Shore Residence of Novel Exterior 

A Weil-Built Brick and Plaster House 

A Thatched House 

A Frame and Plaster Suburban Home 

Examples of a New Style of Domestic Architecture in and about Chicago 

A Fireproof Country Mansion of Distinct Colonial Character 

A Well-Designed Suburban Mansion 

A Substantial Brick Mansion 

An Attractive Country Residence Combining Elegance with Good Taste 

A Modern Half-Timber House 

1 ne Apartment House 

Apartment Building of Excellent Design 

Suburban Flat Building 

Two-Family Apartment Building in a Large City 

A Pleasing Group of Apartments 

A Modern City Apartment Building 

Miscellaneous Buildings 

Plates 1 04, 1 05 A Modern School House for a Small Community 

Plate 1 06 Public Library at Kearney, New Jersey 

Plate 107 Institutional Buildings 

Plate 1 08 A Small Stone Church of Unusual Merit 


HE publishers of "Modern American Homes" wish to express their grateful apprecia- 
tion of the hearty co-operation of the architects who kindly offered the products of 
their art and skill and furnished the plans and details which add so materially to 
the value of this work. They also acknowledge the assistance of those publications 
which are themselves doing so much to spread this desire for and appreciation of 
good home building throughout the country, and which have so willingly supplied 
the necessary material from their files. 

The designs and studies which have been obtained directly from or by permission of the 
architects are indicated by the names which appear upon the plates. Other material has been 
secured through the co-operation of "The House Beautiful," "American Homes and Gardens," 
''Country Life in America," "House and Garden," "Western Architect," "National Builder," "Brick 
Builder," and "Ladies* Home Journal." The assistance of the latter publication has been particularly 
valuable, the designs published by its permission being shown on Plates 1 1 , 12, 18, 22, 39, 43, 44, 
52-61, 63-75, 77, and 78, Copyright 1909, 1910, 1911, and 1912, The Curtis Publishing 

A work of this kind must of necessity be only a compilation but it is hoped that the care and 
judgment which have been exercised in the selection of the material and the helpful comments of the 
author have resulted in a work of genuine merit — a real contribution to architectural literature as well 
as a stimulus to the seeker after a well -designed, well-built, and livable home. 

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The Fireplace in the Main Bedroom Is a Very 
Desirable Feature 

A Simple Home as Part of tlie Landscape 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

j HIS house was built by the architect 
for himself in 1 904, at Rogers Park, 
Illinois. Since then he has built the new 
fireproof home shown on Plate 4. The 
plans and exterior are very simple and the 
arrangement, grouping of openings, and 
detail give it the artistic expression it 
enjoys. The exterior walls are covered 
with a cement stucco. The entrance 
feature is handled admirably, there being 
no attempt to make it a porch — just 
enough to give the necessary accent. 
The living porch, however, is made the 
feature of the house, provided with screens 
for summer time and movable sash for 
winter. The house was built for $3,000. 

Closer View of Entrance and Front Windows 

View of Fireplace and Cozy Corner of Living Room 


An Attractive Small H 

ouse in Harmony witk Its S 



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Walter Burley Griffin, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THE usual square type of house is 
very monotonous, but in this de- 
sign the square effect has been done 
away with by wide overhanging eaves, 
by a terrace forming a broad base, and 
by the grouping of the windows and 
a few well-disposed wood members. 
The roof shingles are left unstained, 
the walls are a grey plaster, and the 
woodwork is stained a red brown. 
Built for Mr. Frank N. Olmstead, 
Walden, Illinois. For plans and sec- 
tion, see plate following. 


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An Attractive Small House in Harmony 
with Its Surroundings 

Walter Burley Griffin, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

"THE living room and dining room are combined, the generous 
* fireplace forming a kind of screen between. The windows 
are all casement, those in the first story being grouped at the 
corners while in the second story they are arranged in the center 
of the four walls. The inside trim is yellow pine and the second 
story floor joists are left exposed in the first story. The house 
was built in 1 9 1 at a cost of $3,300. For exterior and further 
elevations, see plate preceding. 

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View of Mr. Buck's Residence Looking North, Showing the Screened Porch 

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An Interesting Fireproof 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THIS house, which is the home of 
the architect at Ravinia, Illinois, is 
a most interesting example of absolutely 
fireproof construction. On the inside the 
wood trim has been reduced to a minimum 
by having plaster jambs, the door open- 
ings being in some cases capped by unique 
brick arches. The floors of the kitchen 
and bedrooms are of maple, and all of 
the remaining floors of concrete with 
cement base. It was built in 1 9 1 1 at a 
cost of about $6,500. 

Interior View Showing the Possibilities of Artistic Development with Fire- 
Resisting Materials 





A Fine View of the Garden Is Had from the Dining Roon 


The Central Stairway Makes a Small Hall Up- 
stairs Possible. The Maid's Room and an Ample 
Storeroom Are on the Third Floor 

Compare the Window and Porch Treatment with That of 
the Brick House Shown on Plate 6 

An Excellent Type of Stucco Country Home with 
Decided Colonial Feeling 

Oscar C. Gottesleben, Architect, Detroit, Michigan 

| HE brick house shown on Plate 6 is of the same plan and dimensions, 
the difference in the two houses being in the exterior treatment and in 
some of the interior finish. The conjunction of the agreeable and the 
practical has been a condition that was constantly kept in mind while building 
this little place on a corner city lot 50 feet X 1 7 1 feet in size. Its itemized cost 
is as follows: Masonry, $1 ,900; carpentry, $1 ,450; painting and glazing, 
$175; plastering, $228; tiling, $44; galvanized ironwork, $54; electric 
wiring, $55; electric fixtures, $80; hot-water heating, $400; hardware, 
$75; decorating, $125; walks, fence, and sodding, $1 40; plumbing, $365 ; 
total, $5,091.. 

Note the Difference in This Adaptation of a Salem Door- 
way and Lattice Treatment with That on Plate 6 


Very Little Room Is Wasted on the Hall Space. The 
Main Hall Is But 5 Feet by &y 2 Feet 

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Having the Stairway in the Center Gives Room 
for Three Large Chambers Upstairs 

A View of Two Houses Built from the Same Floor Plans. The House in the Background 
Is the One Discussed on Plate 5 

The Rear of the House Presents as Dignified an Appearance 
as the Front 

A Brick House of Simple But Dignified Design 

Oscar C. Gottesleben, Architect, Detroit, Michigan 

PHIS is an example of a substantial house of the colonial type. 
The plan and dimensions are the same as those of the stucco 
house shown on Plate 5, the only difference being in the exterior, with 
minor changes in interior finish, The two houses make an interesting 
study of the effect of different materials and different roof contour. The 
exterior of the brick house has a gable roof while that of the stucco 
house has a hip-roof and a dormer in front. In the matter of plumbing, 
the fixtures are all about one "stack," or main drain and ventpipe, so 
that economy is carried to a point of perfection in that respect. The 
house is the residence of the architect Its cost is similar to that given 
on plate preceding. 

Climbing Roses Will Cover the Arbor at the Front Door 


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A Wayside Modern Home witk All tke Cliarm of an Old English Cottage 

Joy Wheeler Dow, Architect, Summit, New Jersey 
pHIS house, which was built for Mrs. Elizabeth G. Dow, shows what can be accomplished by a clever adaptation 
of the design to the natural contour of the land, and by a careful study of the requirements of the different rooms 

in the house. The walls are of hollow 
tile plastered which, with the thick 
slate used on the roof, makes the 
outside of the house practically fire- 
proof. The loggia has a floor of red 
quarry tile. Built in 1 9 1 at a cost 
of about $8,500. For interiors, see 
plate following. 

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The Porch Treatment, the Dining Room Bay Window, and the Lattice Work All Serve to 
Reduce What Would Otherwise Be a Stilted Appearance of the Back of the H ousl 


The Use of the Plain Wall Enclosing the Kitchen Yard Adds Great 
Charm to the Composition 

Bay Window and Bookcase in Living Room. The Wood Wainscoting and the 
Exposed Ceiling Beams Give the Rooms an Air of Solid Comfort 

Bedroom Interior. The Inside Shutters Are Very Serviceable and Do Not 
Get Out of Order as Quickly as the Modern Shade 

A Quaint Chimney Piece 

Fireplace and Bay Window in Dining Room 

A \Vayside Modern Home 

with All the Charm of an 

Old English Cottage 

Joy Wheeler Dow, Architect, 
Summit , New Jersey 

THE homelike quality in this house is 
very evident. The architect has a keen 
appreciation of the effective simplicity of the 
English country house and has adapted it to 
the modern requirements. The leaded glass 
windows are very effective and the same design 
has been repeated in the doors of the book- 
cases. For plans and exterior views, see plate 

Clothes Yard and Kitchen Entry 

View from Lake Oconomowoc. The House Faces South, Overlooking the Water 

An Architect s Home 

Alfred C. Clas f Architect, 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

[HIS is a fine example .of the 
possibilities of simple country 
house architecture, and shows excellent 
handling of a plaster house. The value 
of garden features to the design has 
been recognized by the owner and 
developed. The varied window treat- 
ment gives a picturesque quality to the 
house. This charming home, which is 
located on the north shore of Ocono- 
mowoc Lake, Wisconsin, about 35 feet 
above the level of the water, was built 
in 1907, The cost, including the ter- 
race, electric lighting plant, lighting fix- 
tures, and complete system of plumbing 
and heating, was $8,000. 

The View of the Two-Story Living Room Shows the 
Attractive Fireplace and Balcony Above 


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A Beautiful Type of Modern 
Suburban Home 

Tallmadge & Watson, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 

THIS residence of Mr. Elias V. Day, River Forest, Illinois, is an 
excellent type of modern home architecture. It shows an 
interesting treatment of the exterior finish with wood boarding, 
vertical boards running into the second story and tying the compo- 
sitions together. The light panels in the second story are covered 
with canvas having a pebbled finish resembling plaster. This is 
cheaper than plaster and practically as effective. The house was 
built in 1907 and cost about $6,300. 


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A Quaint Old-Fasnioned House 

Designed by Charles Barton Keen 
and Frank E. Mead 

THIS house, the residence of Mrs. Robert Holmes, Moorestown, New Jersey, 
impresses one with its old-fashioned atmosphere in every detail. The plain- 
ness of the front is broken by the little gable over the entrance and the narrow 
porch roof. The rear of the house shows by far the better effect, with the porch, 
the quaint little hedge, and hit-and-miss stone steps down the terrace. In order to 
utilize the porch to best advantage, the living room and dining room lead directly to 
it through French windows, thus throwing the kitchen area to the front of the house. 
The dormer window and the other window openings in the long sloping roof at the 
rear afford excellent light to the two principal bedrooms. For interiors and floor 
plans, see plate following. 

Rear View Showing Terrace and Porch on Which Living Room and Dining Room Open 

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The Old-Fashioned Entrance Is Most Inviting 

View of Front of House and Big Chimney 

Interior of Dining Room. The Simple Woodwork and Wall Paper Harmonize Well with the 

Furnishings of the Room 

A Very Attractive Living Room. Ths Unfinished Flooring and Timbers of the Second Floor 
Make an Effective Beam Ceiling 





A Quaint Old -Fashioned House 

Designed by 

Charles Barton Keen and 

Frank E. Mead 

TN the comfortable living room there are many unusual and individual 
touches. The floor is of brick laid on a sand base, thus making a floor 
which is warm in winter and cool in summer. The fireplace is of exceptional 
breadth and with the cozy high-back chimney seats gives a quaint and pleasing 
charm to the room. The design of the dining room is very well carried out. 
For exterior views see plate preceding. 

First Floor Plan 

Second Floor Plan 

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West End View Showing Pergola Porch 

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A. Modern Suburban Home with 

Original Treatment 

or Exterior 

Henry K. Holsrnan, Architect, 
Chicago , Illinois 

"PHE base course is of rough cast plaster; the 
walls above this are of board and batten alter- 
nating with a floated stucco finish hi the second 
story. The living rooms have yellow pine finish 
and floors; the bedrooms, white wood finish 
with yellow pine floors and birch panel doors. 
The house was built in 1907 for Mr. Arthur 
V. Fraser, Elmhurst, Illinois, at a cost of $4,300, 

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Rear of House with Glazed and Screened Living Porch Below and Sleeping 
Porch Above 

A .Low-Cost Suburban Home 

Von Hoist & Fyfe, Architects, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THIS house has been worked out very carefully to 
* make it as compact and comfortable as possible. 
The exterior has wide boards and narrow boards 
alternating up to the second story windows, stained a 
rich brown, while the frieze above is of stucco. The 
building faces northeast. The rear living porch is 
provided with screens and sash, and is accessible from 
the play room and the living room. The sleeping 
porch is used throughout the year. The living room 
and dining room are combined, while the inglenook 
makes a delightful feature* The living rooms are 
trimmed in fumed oak, the bedrooms in birch, the bath- 
room in white enamel, and the kitchen in birch. The 
floors in the living room are of red oak, in the bed- 
rooms of beech, and in the kitchen of composition. 
The house was built at Tracy, Illinois, in 1912, 
for Mr. Maurice LeBosquet at a cost of $7,700 
including sidewalks, but not the architects* commission. 

Front and Side View of House Showing Entrance Porch 

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Living Room Looking Toward Dining Room End and Showing Inglenook 
at the Right 

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Frame and Plaster Residence of Remarkably Low Cost 




A Modest Duburban Residence 
witk Excellent Lines 

Tallmadge & Watson, Architects, 
Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS residence, which is the home of Mr. 

* Gustavus Babson, Oak Park, Illinois, is a 
successful attempt on the part of the architects 
to solve the problem of the high cost of building. 
Its architecture was determined entirely by con- 
siderations of economy both in the materials used 
and in the method of putting them together, 
regardless of precedent. The rough character of 
the material harmonizes with the strong design. 
Narrow boarding is used on the lower part, while 
the panels in the second story are of pebbled 
roofing felt which resembles plaster. The interior 
trim is plain birch. The house was built in 
1906 at a cost of $4,600, 





A bolid Concrete Country House 

Vernon S. Watson, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

QUIET lines and a few touches of interesting detail, such as the porch rail and the wood screen, 
produce a pretty effect about this country house, the residence of Mr. Wyatt-Cronk, Oak Park, 
Illinois. The screen is built to hide the working space in the back yard. The wide overhang of the 
shingled roofs and the setting of foliage give a restful look to the house. Plaster makes the best possible 
background for trees and shrubs. For elevations and floor plans, see plate following. 

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A Solid Concrete Country House, Vernon S. Watson, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 


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HIS is a solid concrete house with a cement plaster on the outside and the interior trim of pine. The plan of the first floor especially is very economical giving the 
Irving rooms themaximum avadable space. The house was built in 1 906 at a cost of $3,000. For exterior view and detail section, see plate preceding. 




A Country House with an Old-Fashioned Effect Which Is Very Charming 

First Floor Plan 



A Small, But Weil-Arranged Home 
At Moderate Cost 

Designed by Adden and Parker 

THE united efforts of architect and owner have produced a 
house of marked individuality at small cost. The exterior 
is shingled and painted white with green shutters which, com- 
bined with the little entrance porch and the fine broad living 
porch, give it the quaint charm it enjoys. This is further 
enhanced by the climbing roses, the window boxes, and 
other well-placed foliage about the dwelling. The interior 
arrangement is excellent, the big sweep through living room, 
hall, dining room, and porch being very effective. While the 
gambrel roof gives the low effect characteristic of this type 
of house, the use of the dormer windows makes the second 
story as roomy as the first. The house cost $3,02 7. 

Second Floor Plan 

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An Inexpensive Frame House of Good Design 

Charles E. White, Jr., Architect, Chicago, Illinois 


HIS house, the home of Mr. Robert Kermen, Oak Park, Illinois, is an example of a very 
simple and compact design as may be noted from a study of the floor plans. The 
arrangement of the windows is particularly good in that it affords good cross ventilation in 
each room. The open character of the lower floor is also exceptionally attractive. The 
exterior walls are covered with siding; the roofs, with shingles. The house was built in 
1907, at a cost of approximately $3,000. 



Second Floor Plan 

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A Tile and Piaster House of 
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Walter Burley Griffin, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

Living Room with. View of Veranda 


Plan of First Floor and Grounds 

HIS house, the residence of Mr. Harry E. Gunn, Tracy, Illinois, was built in 1 9 1 1 . The exterior walls are 
of hollow terra cotta blocks plastered outside and inside directly on the tile. The outside plaster is grey; 
the wood trim, a ruddy brown; and the sash, an orange color. The roofs are covered with canvas decks. The 
interior is finished in white oak, the beams shown on the plan being exposed structural beams. Cost $6,000. 






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The Big Broad Porch, the Terraced Lawn, and the General Air of Comfort Make This Home Look Most Inviting 

A Fine Type of Suburban Home 

Tallmadge & Watson, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 

THE plan of this house is interesting in the way the living room, 
hall, and dining room are arranged so as to form one big 
room and yet be sufficiently separated by posts and by the window 
and door arrangement. The inside finish of the main rooms is 
plain oak. Narrow weather boarding mitered at the corners has 
been used on the outside and it looks exceedingly well. The 
boards, if stained instead of painted, should be turned rough side 
out. The house, which is the residence of Mr. Barrett Andrews, 
Oak Park, Illinois, was built in 1905 at a cost of $5,400. 





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The Simple Square Lines of This Cottage Harmonize with Its Admirable Setting of Shrubs 
and with the Forest Trees beyond 

An Inexpensive Southern Cottage 

Designed by Robert C. Spencer, Jr., Chicago, Illinois 

| HE design shows an attractive feature in the commodious living porch which, in the southern 
climate, is a very comfortable spot for the greater part of the year. The porch is connected 
by French windows to the large and open living room which, with its dining alcove and cozy cor- 
ners, makes a cool and inviting interior arrangement. The exterior walls are covered with yellow 
pine "shiplap," left rough to stain. The ample overhang of the roof shelters the bedrooms and 
allows the windows to stand open, except during a driving rainstorm. This cottage could have been 
built in 1909 for about $2,000, itemized as follows: Masonry, $115; carpentry, lumber, and mill 
work, $1,220; sheet metal, $26; plastering, $240; painting, $92; glazing, $35; hardware, $43; 
plumbing, $220. Present prices would increase this estimate about twenty-five per cent. 



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Second Floor Plan 

A Delightful Low-Cost "Square" House 

Vernon S. Watson, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

I T is very difficult to secure a house with attractive exterior and well-arranged plan 
at so low a cost as $2,000, but the architect accomplished this when he built this 
home for himself in 1 909 at Oak Park, Illinois. The outside walls up to the window 
sills are covered with wide boards, and the joints are covered with narrow strips stained 
a soft brown. The upper part of the house to the second story window sills is covered 
with a narrow clapboarding, stained a moss-green color. Above this a frieze is formed 
of a cement stucco. The windows are leaded glass casements. There is no third 
story or attic, but the sewing room is large enough for the use of a servant. 

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A Commodious-Looking Country Home 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THE exterior walls of this house, 
the residence of Mr. Max H. 
Penwell, Pana, Illinois, are of frame, 
sheathed and felted and covered 
with 1 inch X 8 inch pine boards, 
rough side out. The roofs are 
covered with red cedar shingles. 
The interior finish is selected red 
birch throughout the main rooms 
of the first story. The finished 
floors are of red oak. The founda- 
tions are of brick plastered with 
Portland cement. For plans and 
sections see plate following. 



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A Commodious-Looking 
Country Home 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

DUILT in the fall and winter, 1908. Total 
cubic contents 40,860 cubic feet (figured 
from footing to middle of roof height, and porches 
and verandas figured one-half cubical contents). 
The cost per cubic foot exclusive of architect's fee 
was \4% cents. Total cost $6,000. In this figure 
is included the plumbing which cost $300, the fur- 
nace work $200, light fixtures and wiring $115. 
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A Frame and Stucco Country House 

Charles E. White, Jr., Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

'T'HIS simple yet artistic dwelling has a frame exterior with stucco on wood lath and a 
shingle roof. The interior design is along the same simple lines as shown in the ex- 
terior view, the woodwork being of southern pine. The house faces south. It is the home 
of Mr. Walter Gerts, River Forest, Illinois, and was built in 1905 at a cost of $5,500. 

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The Sholes House in River Forest, Illinois, Showing Commodious Living Porch 

An Effective Suburban Home of Moderate Cost 

Henry K. Holsman, Architect, Chicago , Illinois 

| HE front entrance faces east, thus giving the living porch the most desirable exposure, the south. 
The exterior walls in the lower story are covered with wide and narrow boards alternating, 
while from the second story windows to the roof they are finished with stucco. The windows are 
made wide and generous, in good proportion to the mass of the building. In this type of plan every 
room has good cross ventilation by having windows on both sides of the rooms. The interior is finished 
in hardwood. Built in 1906 for about $3,500. 

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A Frame and Shingle Dwelling of Unusual and Effective Design 

Tallmadge & Watson, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 

THE house, which is the residence of Mr. Whitney T. Lovell, Oak Park, Illinois, shows an interesting 
shingle treatment. The round high gable, the massive cement columns, and the roof sweeping down 
to the first story form a good contrast. The interior is trimmed in plain birch with mouse-grey finish. 
The plan is compact and yet very roomy. The house was built in 1 906 and cost $4,200. 

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An Inexpensive Suburban Home 

Spencer &f Powers, Architects, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THIS is an excellent type of small family house in plan as well as in exterior treatment. The lower portion of the walls is covered with rough 

boards stained brown. The absence of corner boards gives the house a more solid looking effect. The second story portion, including the underside of 

roor, is covered with grey plaster. The windows are casements painted white. The whole color scheme is very harmonious with the surrounding trees. 

I he interior finish is oak with stain and wax finish in hall, living room, and dining room; yellow pine in kitchen portion, and poplar painted in bedrooms. 

Ine house is located in River Forest, Illinois, and was built for Mr. Edward S. Bristol in 1908 at a cost of $5,000— not including architects* fees. 

Plaster and Shingle House at Kenihvorth, Illinois 

Cement Plaster House at Kenihvorth, Illinois, with Exquisite Setting of Foliage 


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Suburban House 

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Different Exterior 


THE question of the ma- 
terial to be used for 
the exterior of a house is 
dependent upon the local 
materials at hand and on the 
surroundings. Perfect har- 
mony with the setting gives 
the impression of the house 
having grown out of the soil. 
Judicious planting of shrubs 
and the proper placing of the 
house among the trees con- 
tributes greatly to this end. 

Modest Little Country House Near Chicago, Shingled All Over with Trimming 
Painted Ivory White 

Brick and Stucco Dwelling witk Decided Colonial Aspect 

Hewitt & Emerson, Architects, Peoria, Illinois 

PHE white trim, the green blinds, and 
the column treatment of entrance 
and porch lend a colonial atmosphere to 
the design. The first story is of brick 
veneer and the second story, which is of 
stucco, overhangs the first. The stair- 
case is made a feature of the living room. 
The house faces east. It was built for 
Mr. Frank T. Miller, Peoria, in 1908, 
and cost about $8,500, including plumb- 
ing and heating. 

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3lcond Floor Plan 

The Overhanging Eaves Coupled with the Straight Lines Give an Impression of Extreme Breadth. 
The Interior Arrangement of the First Floor Is Very Well Worked Out 

A Cement Plaster House, Almost Severe in 
Its Simplicity 

Charles E, White, Jr., Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

THE outside walls are covered with cement plaster, treated in big broad surfaces 

with a base of wide wood boards. The roofs are covered with shingles. 

The interior is finished in southern pine. A rather unique arrangement of the 

buffet in the dining room is shown on the first floor plan. This house was built 

in 1905 for Mrs. C. E. Simmons, Oak Park, Illinois, at a cost of $5,000. 

The Oldfield Bungalow, Oak Park, Illinois. An Attractive Dwelling 
with an Interesting Treatment of Porch Rail 

This Stucco House Is Given a Most Delightful Accent by the 
Small Entrance Porch with Its Classical Columns. Residence of 
A. M. Tinsman, Wilmette, Illinois, Arthur G. Brown, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois. 

Cement Plaster Houses 

THESE houses are notable for the almost total elimi- 
nation of wood on the exterior, most of the 
windows having only plaster jambs, "stucco treated/* 
Such broad surfaces must be put on very carefully to 
avoid cracks in the plaster. 

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A Well-Designed Cottage in Wilmette, Illinois, with Window Frames 
and Trim of Unplaned Lumber, Stained a Rich Brown 

An Unpretentious, but Very Homelike Cottage in Oak Park, Illinois. 
A Few Shrubs Would Help Bring Out the Charm 

A Suburban House of Moderate Cost in Oak Park, Illinois. The 
Introduction of the Two Curved Gables in the Front Lends an Odd Inter- 
est to the Simple Design 

A Well-Planned Cement Plaster House of Dignified Ckaracter 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS cement plaster house was built in 1 908 and is the residence of Mr. E. H. Ehrman, Oak Park, Illinois. Its principal charm 

lies in the design and arrangement of the windows. Note how the ledge over the entrance, the cornice of the living room 

windows, and the cornice over the porch are made to line up. The house is kept low on the ground, and this effect is emphasized 

by having the steps inside the entrance porch. Casement windows have been used throughout except in the service porlioiK The 

interior finish in the main rooms is oak. The dining room has a plain paneled wainscot. Cost $1 3,000, 

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A Modern Country Home in Oak Park, Illinois. W. A. Pur cell, Architect, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

A House in Kenilworth, Illinois, of Dignified Exterior, Suggestive of Comfort and Breadth Within 
Edgar O. Blake, Architect, Evanston, Illinois 

Four Suburban Homes 

in tbe Vicinity of 

Chicago, Illinois 

THE predominating exterior 
treatment in these houses is 
plaster with a variation of brick in 
the first story of the upper left, half 
timber in the second story of the 
one opposite, and local field stones 
close to the ground in the house at 
the lower right. They illustrate 
very clearly the charming variety 
which is possible in the modern 
suburban home. 

A Modest House in Oak Park, Illinois. A Novel Effect Is Obtained by Carrying 
the Spindles of the Porch Railing to the Grade 

A Country House in Which Local Field Stones Have Been Used to 
Good Advantage 



A Design in Keeping ^Vltll 
Its Environment 

E. E. Roberts, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THIS house, the 

residence of Mr. 

Byron Williams, Glen 

Rear View Showing Trees on Lake Shore 

EHyn, Illinois, is an interesting example 
of the adaptation of the plan to the 
site. The living room, porch, dining 
room, and hall run through the house, 
giving them the southern exposure 
(front) and also a view of the small 
lake on the shore of which the house 
is built. The outside walls are of 
frame, the wood lath being covered 
with a cement plaster. The interior 
trim is oak in the principal rooms on 
the first floor and birch and yellow 
pine elsewhere. The house was built 
in 1907 and cost about $8,000. 

Front View Showing Fine Foliage Setting and Broad Expanse of Lawn 


Colonial Hall in Mr. Meacham's House 

Two Effective 
btuceo Houses 

Thornton Herr, 

Architect % 
Chicago, Illinois 

Concrete and Cement Plaster House of Mr. Chas. S. Meacham, Oak Park, Illinois 

|HE upper house has a decided 
colonial feeling, especially in the 
interior. The large porch is made a part 
of the garden by having the floor close to 
the ground and by having no porch rail- 
ing. The smaller house has a homelike 
quality partly due to the way the roof is 
carried down, which ties together the 
porch and the living room window. 

An Inexpensive Farmhouse of Cement Plaster, Oak Park, Illinois 

Living Room and Fireplace, with Dining Room Shown in the Background, 
in the Oak Park Farmhouse 

Country Home of Mr. Wm. Grenshaw at Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The Owner Was His Own Architect 

Farmhouse at Natoma Farm, Hinsdale, Illinois 

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THE country house in America is 
being developed more and more 
and in many of them one will find the 
feeling of the old colonial Southern 
homes, a style which is well adapted 
to a house having abundant space 
around it to give the colonial lines a 
dignified setting. 

Farmhouse Near Toledo, Ohio 

Colonial Farmhouse in the Elgin Dairy District 

Designed by Arthur T. Remick 

An Excellent Example of the Old-Fashioned Homestead 

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Designed by Coolidge & Carlson 
A Compact Design Giving Much Room in Small Compass 

With Its White Clapboard Exterior, Green Blinds, and Roomy Porch This House 
Looks Very Homelike 

A Modern Design with Brick Walls and Gambrel Roof, Which Are 
Effectively Worked Out 

A Compact Home in a Small City 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

THIS house, the residence of Mr. Walter Boyle, Rockford, Illinois, is of frame with expanded metal lath and a prepared cement plaster on the outside. The porch 

* in front of the house is especially attractive and shows an unusual treatment in the combination of the arches on the side, the roof and flower box at second story 

windows, all worked together in a harmonious whole. The house was built in 1 908 and cost $5,500. For plans, elevations, and sections, see two plates following. 


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A Compact Home m a Small City 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS plan shows a very economical way of combining the garage with the house. This combination not only saves money but 

leaves the entire back yard for planting and laundry yard. The living and dining room are combined into one large room, 

the line of division being marked by an arched opening. For exterior, elevations, and section, see plates preceding and following. 



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A Compact Home 

in a 

Small City 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THE grouping and propor- 
tions of all openings are 
very simple and effective. Small 
hoods are placed over the win- 
dows for shedding the water. 
The roof of the automobile 
house is flat and is utilized as a 
balcony with an open timber 
roof above. This makes an 
admirable porch for summer 
time, being on the west side of 
the house and affording a fine 
view of the garden. For ex- 
terior and plans, see two plates 

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Designed by George E, S trout 

The Log Exterior and Broad Porch Give a Substantial Air to This House 



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Designed by J. J. Blick 
Except for the Long Pergola the Atmosphere of This Home Is Distinctly Colonial 

Designed by Hunt &* Grey 

The Low Effect of the Gambrel Roof Is Very Typical 

Designed by Mellnr & Meigs 
An Old-Fashioned House, Almost Church-like in Character. Built of Pennsylvania Field Stone 

Contributed by Virginia Stein 

This Frame and Plaster Dwelling Shows Considerable Individuality with Simple Lines. The Roof 
Treatment and Pergola Are Very Effective 

Contributed by Mahlon J. Bye 

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Second Floor Plan 

pHE grey stucco exterior with dull green shingles makes a charming effect. As this 

house was built for two city girls, their idea of having a fine large combination 

living and dining room is a good one, the arrangement lending itself admirably to 

light housekeeping. The same simplicity has been carried out on the interior as on the 

exterior, the materials being of good quality, but of modest design. Cost $2,500. 

Two-Story Country Houses of Moderate Cost 

pHE shingled exterior and the simple gables give a very homelike appearance. The 
interior arrangement is compact and convenient, the living room and porch giving 
a very sizable suite and the second floor showing a surprise in four bedrooms, store- 
room, and bath. The house is furnace heated, piped for gas, and equipped with 
modern plumbing. Cost $3,400. 


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arrangement? An important consideration is to have the «J« r T- T^ m °f der to glve the most economical 

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These six sketch plans illustrate the fiJfloor olans of hn,,,!' "2 fe foU ", d ^ m °? 1 h , ouse P lans can b « educed to a very few types. 
having the elements necessary for a I g house fL iTt'hf tvf TS." ^ "^ ^r' *** but one staircase «° a plan 
alcove, and front yard added Fi« 3 has a cenfr.l k " 1 yP *. "' fr l™"? 8 * ,OW COSt h ° USe - F * 2 has a P antr y. •<* box. 

flue, kitchen flue, and dming room firepte Fifi S^S!! ' ***** Ch ' mney «° ""^ that * ** -rve for the furnace 
extension to give more space to the pantry and kitchen Fi.T^ "t "\ "** r °° m - f ° r ' de " in , the rear - Fi ^ 5 ha * a ° ell 
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Fireplace Built of Tapestry. Brick and Tile Inlay at Top 
Lawrence Buck, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

Colonial Type of House with Hip-Roof. This May Be Executed in 
Wood, Plaster, or Brick 

First Floor Plan 

This Design Has the Feeling of an English Country House of Brick or 
Plaster, with Small Windows 

A Colonial Design with Gable Ends — Brick Material 

A Plaster or Brick Design. The Hip-Roof Combined with the Arches 
Gives It an Italian Feeling 

Studies of Different Exterior 
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THESE pen and ink sketches by Lawrence 
Buck, Architect, Chicago, Illinois, show the 
possibilities of variation in the exterior style of the 
house after the plan has been decided upon. The 
rough studies enable the architect to find out for 
himself what type [of exterior design will best suit 
the location and also to ascertain the preference 
of the client for different types of houses. 

An English Type of House. Plaster or Brick Would Be Suitable 
Materials for This Design 

View of the Blount Bungalow Showing Street Front. The Commodious Screen Veranda Adds Much to the Comfort of the Home. 


A bimple Country Home of tke 
Jiungalow Type 

Walter Burley Griffin, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS house, the residence of Mr. R. L. Blount, Tracy, 
Illinois, is set close to the ground, the wood base and 
horizontal lines helping this effect. The exterior stucco work 
is a natural grey cement color; the woodwork is stained an 
olive green. The shingles are without stain and are left to 
weather naturally, For plans and further elevations, see 
plate following. 





A Simple Country Home of the Bungalow Type 

Walter Burley Griffin, Architect f Chicago, Illinois 

THE plan is simple in outline, in order to reduce the cost as much as possible. Casement windows have been used throughout. The grouping of the windows at the corners is noticeable, giving 
1 the maximum light and air. The usual downspouts have been dispensed with, the water dropping into rainbasins placed underneath openings in the gutters. The interior trim is oak in the main 

rooms and pine in the service portion. The ceiling beams are left exposed thus giving greater height to the rooms. The house was built in 1 909 and cost $4,000. For photograph of exterior and 

further elevations, see plate preceding. 


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Tallmadge & Watson, Architects 
Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS bungalow, which is the residence of Mr. T. 
S. Estabrook, Oak Park, Illinois, is a refreshing 
departure from stereotyped designs. An unusual and 
cleverly-handled feature is the placing of the garage 
in the basement, the floor of the garage being on 
the basement floor level. The exterior shows a 
happy combination of shingles in the lower portion 
and plaster above. The porch does not cut off the 
light from the main rooms. The interior has sand- 
finished walls and flat trim. The cost of this house 
was about $7,000. 

Rear View Showing Garage Entrance 

The Lower Part of This House is Covered with Boards Put on Vertically, Wide and Narrow Board 
Alternating; the Upper Part Is Covered with Shingles. It Cost aoout S80S 

Five Rooms and Bath Are m This Shingle House The Living Room Has a Brick Fireplace and the 
Woodwork Is of Panel Finish. It Cost #1,200 

This Attractive Tent House Has Two Rooms and Shower Bath. It is Exceptionally Well 

Built and Cost $300 

A Compact Small House Containing Four Rooms and Bath. It was Designed by the Owner 

and Cost $ 800 

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East Side of House, Showing Veranda One Side of Living Room Faces This Veranda, the Other 

Looks Out on the Courtyard 

North Side of House Showing Entrance and Drive. The Basement Walls are Visible Through the 

Shrubbery on the West Side 

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A Concrete Bungalow of Moderate Cost 

A. G. Richardson, Architect, 
Boston, Massachusetts 

| HE aim in this home was to provide an all-the-year 
home suitable to its environment. The deep slant of 
the hill necessitated an irregularity of contour, but made 
possible a good sized cellar beneath the west wing. A 
broad grass terrace, the courtyard with a fountain in the 
center, and clumps of shrubbery judiciously placed give a 
great charm and quaintness to the place. The exterior is 
of plaster with selected cypress trim treated with an oil 
stain of soft brown color. The main rooms are finished in 
cypress, the kitchen in white enamel paint. Following is an 
estimate of the cost of the bungalow complete: Excavation, 
$150; masonry, $300; timber and mill work, $940; car- 
pentry and labor, $1,200; chimney, including herringbone 
hearth to fireplace, $200; plastering, $500; plumbing, $425; 
heating, $400; painting and staining, $185; total, $4,300. 

This Delightfully Original House Has an Individuality All Its Own 

Second Floor Plan 


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The Dining Room Is Indicative of the Good Taste Displayed Throughout the House 

Country House with a Sleeping 

Designed by George A. Clark 
Photographs by F. W. Martin 

PHE starting point of this country house was the 
big sleeping porch in the second story, and 
the rest of the design, both inside and out, was 
planned to harmonize with this feature. On three 
sides the porch is open, except that the second 
story wall is carried up to a height of about three 
feet above the floor level. During the day, in 
warm weather, when the cots have been converted 
into couches, there is no pleasanter spot in the 
whole house; in fact, it makes an admirable roof- 
garden. For further views, see plate following. 

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View Showing Living Porch and Formal Garden From Side of the House 

A Corner of the Sleeping Porch 

Country House witk a Sleeping Porck 

Designed by George A . Clark 
Photographs by F. W. Martin 

A DISTINCTIVE outdoor feature of this house is a 
small formal garden in the rear partly inclosed with a 
pergola and containing in the center a miniature fountain and 
pool. The dining room overlooks this attractive spot, where 
the well-kept walks are bordered with beds of flowers and 
the simple pergola is green with climbing vines. Th- 
living porch is so placed that it faces the little garden instead 
of an uninteresting roadway, as is so often the case. A house 
such as this offers many good suggestions to those who con- 
template building and, considering the number of rooms, it 
can be duplicated for quite a moderate sum. For front view 
and plans, see plate preceding. 

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Four- Room Bungalow with an Abundance of Light and Ventilation. The Windows 
x\re Very Attractively Grouped, This House Cost about $1,200 

Low- Cost 

Contributed by 
Helen Lukens Gaut, 
Pasadena , California 

Designed by Mrs. M. E. Beasley 

The Outside Trim and the Bracing under the Roof are Painted White and This, 
Together with the Comfortable Porch, Makes an Effective Appearance. There Are 
Five Rooms Nicely Finished in Paneling and Art Burlap 



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THESE bungalows show what 
a variety of pleasing designs 
can be evolved with a little in- 
genuity upon the part of the archi- 
tect. The bungalow has many 
advantages on account of its con- 
venience from the housekeeping 
standpoint; and this fact, com- 
bined with its extreme economy of 
construction, makes it very easy to 
understand the increasing pop- 
ularity of this type of home, 

Designed by John R. Ott 

Designed by William Mohr 

The Exterior Walls of This Attractive Little "Box" Bungalow Are Covered with Rough 
Boards and Battens. It Has Six Rooms and a Bath. Cost $1,000 

This Compact Home Contains Five Rooms and a Bath. The Entrance Porch Is Made 
Prominent by the Gable Feature. Cost $800 

Designed by Helen Lukens Gaut and O. C. Williams 

The Climbing Roses and the Well-Placed Shrubbery Blend Exquisitely with the Exterior Finish of Pearl Grey and White 




by Helen Lukens 


THE spacious 

* veranda, eight 
feet wide, of grey 
cement edged with 
red brick, extends 
across the front of 
the house, and be- 
yond at one end for a distance of ten feet. The entire length is 
roofed with a pergola of heavy timbers, painted white and supported 
by round cement pillars with a circular topping of red brick. The 
interior is plastered, delicately tinted, and bedrooms, bath, hall, and 
kitchen are finished in white enamel. In the living room and the 
dining room the woodwork is in rich old ivory enamel, with the walls 
tinted a warm old gold. In the dining room the walls are covered 
with satin tapestry paper in forest design. Cost about $2,400. 



Bungalow of Rustic Character 

Contributed by Elva Elliott Say ford 

CHOWN at the right is a bungalow of generous proportions 
^ which cost but $ 1 ,455 to build in California. The floor plan 
shows large rooms well placed, and the bedroom, separated as it is 

from the kitchen 
and living portion 
of the house by a 
small hall, is a most 
desirable feature. 
1 he exterior is of 
shingles, stained, 
and the pergola, 
covered with pretty 
flowering vines, 
adds greatly to the 
attractive appear- 
ance of the bunga- 

Designed by Aljred E. Gwynn 
The Vine-Covered Pergola Is One of the Most Attractive Features of This House, and It Also Makes the House Look Much Wider 

Contributed by Mrs. E. C. Graham 

A Bright and Cheerful Framework of Trees and Shrubs 

f^ OMFORT is the most noticeable characteristic of this picturesque 
^-^ bungalow. It was built at a comparatively low cost, and the 
convenience of its interior arrangement makes it particularly interesting. 
The chimney is built of rough brick and the living room fireplace is 

finished in the same 
material. All the 
floors are double, 
the under floor be- 
ing of spruce and 
the upper one of 
hard pine. The 
outside walls and 
roof are of the best 
quality of cedar 
shingles stained 
grey with white 


this' bungalow 
the main idea was 
to get the greatest 
amount of comfort 
with the least ex- 
penditure of money. 
It cost about $900, 
and the plan is good 
in that it permits 
much elasticity as to 
cost. Outside, the 
house is weather- 
boarded, stained, 

and finished with white trim. Inside, the floors are of smoothly 
dressed pine and the woodwork is stained brown. One entire side 
of the kitchen is amply provided with cabinets, and all the plumb- 
ing fixtures are the best. 

Two Effective Bungalows of Low Cost 

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An Inviting Exterior with Its Window Boxes and Trellis for Climbing Roses 

Contributed by Mary H. Northend 


Designed by C. W. Buchanan 

A Very Unique Roof Effect with Exceptional Overhang in the Center to Shelter the Veranda 

Designed by C. W. Buchanan 

The Extremely Broad and Rangy Gable Gives a Pleasing Effect 

Designed by C. A . Howard 

A Commodious Bungalow with a Fine Broad Porch. The Small Porch Set in the Roof Adds Much 
to the Attractiveness of This Design 

Designed by C. W. Buchanan 

An Excellent Type of Dwelling of the Well-to-do Rancher. The Big Roomy Porch Is 
Especially Inviting 

Four Charming Pasadena Bungalows 

THESE excellent designs, while having considerable individuality, show very characteristic developments of this type of dwelling. The artistic setting 
1 of shrubbery is exceptionally fine, and is, of course, easily accomplished in California. The cost of these bungalows ranges from $4,0UU to $b,UUU. 

An Exceptionally Effective Design When Plenty of Ground Is Available. The Big Porch Is Ten Feet Wide and Extends Across the Entire Front and Around to Each Wing 

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This Is a Most Unusual Plan. The Placing of the Wings 
Gives a Maximum of Light and Air 

The Exposed Rough Timbering and Quaint Fireplace Give This Room an 
Old-Fashioned Charm 

A Summer Bungalow of 
Distinct Merit 

Contributed by Theodore M. Fisher 
and Victor S. Wise 

THIS summer home is situated on the banks of a small 
river. The main object of this unique plan was 
to secure plenty of light and ventilation, especially in 
the living room. The corner of the porch next to the 
kitchen is improvised as a dining room in good weather. 
The family bedrooms are separated from the living 
room by an offset in which are placed a bathroom 
and linen closet. Cost $ 1 ,4 1 0. 

Designed by George A spinwall 

Designed by 
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Contributed by Helen Lukens Gaut 
Pasadena , California 

THESE six simple bungalows of the California type are 
very homelike and comfortable. They contain from 
three to five rooms. The same artistic setting of foliage can 
be used in a measure in any part of the country, although 
the growth is more luxuriant in California. These houses 
cost less than $ 1 ,000 to build, with the exception of the 
upper right-hand one which cost about $2,000. 


Designed by J. F. Kavenaugh 

The Cobblestones, Shingles, and Rustic Boards Make an Effective Exterior for This $2,000 Bungalow 

Floor Plan 

A Charming and Inexpensive 

Contributed by William Graham and 
Helen Lukens Gaut 

THE cobblestone wall, pillars, and chimney are all 
capped with a layer of red brick which add a bit 
of rich color, blending effectively with the porch box 
filled with geraniums. The interior is rather "flat-like" in 
arrangement, but this is necessitated by the shape of the 
lot. The whole air of the bungalow is one of comfort 
and cheer. 

The Fireplace End of Living Room Makes a Cozy Corner 

Designed by H. D. Rounde 

Designed l>v 
K. F. Pass 

Six Attractive Bum 

| HE California bungalow has an exceptionally cozy, 
homelike atmosphere and is being used more and 
more in the East. The extreme overhang of the roof 
and the simple lines make these models very attractive. 
These houses cost from $3,000 to $4,000, except the 
center ones which cost between $1,500 and $2,500. 

Designed by R. B. Young 

Designed by 

Greens & Greene 

Picturesque Cottage at Marblehead, Massachusetts 

Two Delightful Seashore Cottages 


HE seashore claims some of our most charming homes. It seems as though the 
ocean inspires the architect to be simple and direct in his expression. The 
plaster house was designed by Thomas M. James of Boston, Massachusetts. The 
plans show excellent economy in arrangement, the privacy and homelike quality of all 
the different parts being well worked out. The casement windows with the small 
panes of glass, and the soft roof lines with the thatched roof effect, all help to give 
the exterior a quiet substantial air. The Tea House has an entirely different roof 
treatment. Its rustic pergola porch lends an inviting aspect to this house, with its 
shingles having the silver grey color of the rocks with which it is surrounded. 



Floor Plans of Cottage at Left 

Tea House of Decidedly Rustic Character at Marblehead, Massachusetts 





First Floor Plan 

A Remarkably Compact House of Low Cost 

View Showing Operation of the Pivoted Partition 

An Easy Housekeeping Cottage 

Contributed by Charles E. White, Jr., 
Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS comfortable house was designed and partly built by 
A the owner. The plumbing and plastering were done 
by contract, but the balance of the work was accomplished by 
day labor. There is no cellar nor foundation wall, the sills 
being spiked to concrete piers, located six feet apart and 
rising to the sill level a foot above the ground. The frame 
work of 2 -inch X 4- inch studding was erected on the sill 
and the frame was then boarded, furred, and lathed ready 
for the plasterers. The building was completed, ready for 
occupancy, in six weeks. An interesting feature of this house 
is the pivoted partition between the combination living room 
and dining room, and the kitchen. On the second floor is a 
large room with a balcony at one end and a sleeping porch 
at the other. Another feature particularly worthy of note is 
the large number of porches, there being three on the first 
floor and two on the second. This house cost the owner only 
$ 1 ,800, but if it had been constructed in the customary way 
it would have cost considerably more. 

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Designed by H. L. Wilson 

This Charming Bungalow Has Seven Large Rooms. The Living Room and the Dining Room 
Are Paneled to the Plate-Rail and the Bedrooms Are Finished in White. Cost $2,500 

Designed by B. G. Horlon 

Trailing Vines Add Much to This Cozy Little Home, It Has Four Rooms and a Bath on the 
First Floor and Two Rooms Above, All Well Planned. Cost $2,250 

Designed by Norman F. Marsh 

There Are Four Rooms and a Bath in This Attractive Bungalow. The Square Lattice on the 
Two Bay-Windows and Door Provides a Simple Decoration 

Designed by Sanford C. Win? 

An Admirable Design for a Bungalow Built on a Hillside. It Has Five Rooms, Bath, Cellar, 
Screen Porch, Attic, and a Large Veranda, and It Cost Only $1,800 

Four Picturesque \Vestern Bungalows 

THESE bungalows are extremely well designed and have a cozy and homelike 
* atmosphere. They furnish a good example of what can be done with compara- 
tively little money wisely spent. 

Designed by R. B. Young 

The Terraced Lawn and Cement Steps Add to the Effectiveness of This Bungalow 

Floor Plan 

Corner in the Living Room — a Cozy Ingle-Nook 

A Simple Bungalow with 

Convenient Interior 


Contributed by Helen Lukens Gaut 
and W. H. Hill 

THE broad expanse of roof with its wide 
overhang gives an excellent appearance 
to the exterior. As the porch is only par- 
tially covered, the lighting of the living room is 
unusually good. The interior woodwork is 
simple and always in good taste. The cost of 
this bungalow is $2,100, divided as follows: 
Masonry, $425; carpentry, $400; lumber, 
$275; miliwork, $575; plumbing, $200; 
painting, $125; hardware, $50; electric 
wiring, $50. 


Designed by W. H. Sawyer 

Dark Brown Walls and White Trim Give This Little Home an Air of Individuality 
and Charm. It Has Five Rooms and a Bath and Cost about $2,000 

Designed by Edward C. Kent 

The Gay Flowers and Pretty Lawn Give to This Bungalow a Most Attractive Setting. 
Inside There Are Seven Rooms and Bath, and It Cost but $2,500 to Build 

A Comfortable Home Like This May Be Built for $2,000. Its Broad Eaves and 
Latticed Windows Are Quaint and Pretty. There Are Six Rooms 

Designed by R. Mackey Frippe 

The Craftsman Pergola and the Porch Rail Give This Six-Room Bungalow a Special 
Charm. The Living Room Has a Brick Fireplace. The Bungalow Cost $2,250 

Four Attractive California Bungalows of Moderate Cost 
THE interest of these distinctive little homes is due in part to their attractive design and is 
enhanced by the well-kept lawns and the surrounding foliage effects. The economy of this 
type ot house is obvious when it is considered that none of those shown above cost over $2,500 

Floor Plan 

Designed by W. G. Hanson 

au u Th - iS ?u° US S ° wes M 4 ch °, f Its Character to the Attractively Placed White Trim. The 
Setting for the BunTlow TfeeS *" ^ Background Finish a Very Picturesque 

Floor Plan 

TWO good features of this bungalow are the 
pretty front porch and the pergola on the 
side, the latter making a quiet rest-spot for 
afternoons. The exterior is of clapboards, 
stained and set off by the white trim which is 
admirably placed. In the interior the walls are 
plastered and tinted and the woodwork is of 
Oregon pine, stained. The house is modern 
and convenient, and was built for $ 1 ,800. 

Two Attractive California 

Contributed by Helen Lukens Gaut 

PHIS bungalow has four rooms, bath, and 
two comfortable porches. In California 
the house cost but $1,400. The combina- 
tion of building materials, finish, and color 
scheme, shows cleverness and originality. For 
a small house the rooms are of good size. The 
living room has a color scheme of brown, green, 
and gold, and the bedroom is finished in rose 
pink and white. 

The Overhanging Eaves and the Ornamental Gable Lend Interest to This Hous 

The Rustic Effect of This Little Bungalow Blends Well with Its Environment 


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The Living Room, Showing a Simple but Effective Interior 

A Forest Home of Rustic 

Contributed by 

Theodore M. Fisher and 

Victor S. Wise 

THE owners of this little cottage were the 
architects and they have shown good 
taste and careful planning in the arrangement. 
The living room is lighted on three sides, and 
with its fireplace and window seat makes a 
very cheerful room. The woodwork is stained 
a green brown and the spaces between the 
studding are covered with green burlap. 
The house cost about $ 1 ,400 without the 
bathroom plumbing. 

Six Rooms and Bath Comprise This Tent-House Which Cost $650. 
The Walls Are Constructed of Clapboards and Duck 

This Attractive Tent-House of Four Rooms Would Make a Comfortable 
Summer Home for a Small Family. It Cost I350 

$500 Has Been Well Invested in This Little Tent-House of Five Rooms 
the Interior Walls of Which Are Lined with Burlap 

Tent -Houses for Summer Days 

Contributed by Helen Lukens Gaul, 
Pasadena, California 

FHE tent-house is primarily intended for summer occupancy, 

* but can easily be adapted for all- the-y ear-round use in a 

warm climate. It may range from the ready-made tent that can 

be purchased and set on a wooden platform, to a house with 

up-to-date plumbing and conveniences. 

A Livable Feeling Pervades This House Which Cost but $300, and Which 
Has Three Rooms, Bath, and a Porch on Two Sides 

Almost Hidden by Trees and Vines This Pretty Tent-House Bespeaks 
Coziness and Comfort ,and Was Built for $300 

This Is an Admirable Example of the Relation between House and 
Garden. The House Cost $800 and Has Four Rooms and Bath 

Designed by A . S, Barnes 

I. The Large Living Room and Broad Porch Are the Attractive Features of This Design 

Floor Plan 

View Showing Open Character of Living and Dining Rooms 

An Artistic Bungalow of 
Moderate Cost 

Contributed by 

Helen Lukens Gaut and 

W. H. Hill 

PHIS is a very substantial bungalow with a 
homelike atmosphere. The roof treatment 
is good and the cobblestone pillars and exposed 
chimney give an agreeable contrast to the clapboard 
walls, which are stained a dark brown. The cost 
was $ 1 ,900, divided as follows : Masonry, $250; 
carpentry,$325; lumber,$700; plastering, $ 1 40 ; 
plumbing, $225; painting, $160; electric wiring, 
$30; hardware, $50; tin and metal work, $20. 


This Bungalow Is about as Simple as Can Be Built. It Contains Three Rooms. 
Cost Only $250 

Designed by J. F. Manny 

For a Small Family This Five-Room Bungalow Offers Many Suggestions as to What May Be 
Accomplished in Home Building with Little Money. Cost $600 

Small Attractive Homes of Low Cost 

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Cobblestones Form the Foundation of This Clapboard Bungalow. It Contains Six Rooms, 
Bath, and Screen Porch. All the Interior Walls are Plastered. Cost $1,500 

Designed by H. M, Nickerson 

This House Has Five Rooms, a Bath, and a Screen Sleeping-Room. The Cemented Terrace 
Porch Adds Greatly to Its Attractiveness. Cost $1,350 

Designed by Henry Troth 

An $1100 Summer Cottage 

Basement Plan. 

A STUCCO-COVERED summer cottage 
of simple design. On account of the 
slope of the lot, a very satisfactory basement 
floor has been obtained with little excavation 
and this makes the cottage more roomy than 
would be suspected at first glance. The setting 
of thick wood and the vine-covered porch make 
the picture very attractive. 


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Ground Floor Plan 

The living room, which is wainscoted to 
a height of five feet, has an abundance of 
light, and the big fireplace adds much to the 
comfort of the room. A unique feature is 
the swinging stairway which leads to the 
upper rooms and which can be pushed up 
out of the way during the day or drawn up 
for safety at night. 

Designed by A. D. I shell 

Designed by Alfred Heineman 





A GROUP of Pasadena houses of the bungalow 
type which has been so artistically developed in 
California. In several of these houses the graceful lines 
of the roof are accentuated by luxuriant vines and 
flowering plants. The exterior walls are either shingled 
or sided, the surface being left rough and stained thus 
making an inexpensive but effective finish. These 
models cost $1,000 to $3,000. 

Designed by A. F. Miller 

Designed by C M. Briggs and Wright &• Callendar 

Designed by W. F. Hancock 

Designed by Julius D. Lanning 

An Ideal Warm -Weather Retreat 

The Interior Is Suggestive of Sun and Air 

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Contributed by Helen Lukens Gaut, 
Pasadena, California 

A GOOD type of tent-house consists of a 
wooden floor set on foundation posts, a 
frame of 2 X 4 studding on which a base of 
clapboards is nailed with canvas above, and a 
roof of canvas or shingles, preferably shingles. 
If the roof is of canvas, a fly is necessary for use 
in summer, otherwise the heat would be op- 
pressive. Canvas roofs are also objectionable 
because they are likely to leak in heavy rains. 
In the interior the partitions are usually of can- 
vas or art burlap nailed on wooden frames. 
The tent-house shown here cost $300 to build, 
itemized as follows: Lumber, $100; plumbing, 
$100; labor, $75; canvas, $25. 

The Porch Makes a Pleasant Outdoor Living Room 

A Cozy Corner in the Living Room 

The Effect Is That of a 'Ship Putting Out to Sea 

The Upper Rooms Are Reached by an Outside Stairway 

Boathouse and Camp in the 

Henry Wilkinson, Architect 

THIS ideal summer retreat is large 
enough to accommodate a forty-foot 
launch and several canoes below, with 
living room, two bedrooms, and bath on 
the second floor. The green of the roof, 
the grey of the walls and stone, and the 
white of the trim lend a delightful air of 
freshness to the building. The hall and 
living room woodwork is a grey brown 
with doors of solid brown ash with- 
out panels. The furniture is especially 
adapted in size and form to the rooms. 
The charm of the boathouse is largely 
due to the harmony and appropriateness 
of the woods, colors, and appurtenances 
chosen, and to the general air of refine- 
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A Cozy Corner in the Living Room 

The Effect Is That of a -Ship Putting Out to Sea 

The Upper Rooms Are Reached by an Outside Stairway 

Boathouse and Camp in the 

Henry Wilkinson, Architect 

THIS ideal summer retreat is large 
* enough to accommodate a forty-foot 
launch and several canoes below, with 
living room, two bedrooms, and bath on 
the second floor. The green of the roof, 
the grey of the walls and stone, and the 
white of the trim lend a delightful air of 
freshness to the building. The hall and 
living room woodwork is a grey brown 
with doors of solid brown ash with- 
out panels, The furniture is especially 
adapted in size and form to the rooms. 
The charm of the boathouse is largely 
due to the harmony and appropriateness 
of the woods, colors, and appurtenances 
chosen, and to the general air of refine- 
ment in evidence throughout. 

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Four Small House Garages 

A Shingle Garage in a Most Attractive Setting of Trees and Vines 

THESE garages while differing widely in appear- 
ance are all well designed, and can be built for 
very moderate cost. The attractive surroundings 
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Plaster Garage with Sleeping Rooms on the Second Floor 

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Four Private Garages at Low Cost 

An Interesting Feature of This Garage Is the Parapet 
Which Surrounds the Roof, Making an Admirable Place 
for the Children to Play Outdoors 

THESE artistic designs are suggestive of the possibilities 

for the man who houses his own car. There is no more 

reason why the garage should be ugly than the residence 

itself, if a reasonable amount of study is devoted to its plan 

and construction. 

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Is Well Adapted to a Small City or Suburban Yard 

A Small Garage of Shingles, Particularly Appropriate 
for the Country 

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A Modern Colonial House 

Richard E. Schmidt, Garden &f Martin, Architects, 
Chicago y Illinois 

THIS house has all the charm of the old colonial home combined 
with an air of modern life. The location of the trees and the 
arrangement of the terrace furnish a most attractive setting. The 
white walls, green blinds, and general effect recall the colonial 
building of the South, but the commodious living porch with its 
generous flower boxes proclaims the modern home. The plan is 
simple and yet affords all the luxuries that a twentieth century home 
is capable of, as evidenced, for instance, by the three bathrooms on 
the second floor, and the two on the third floor. The house was 
built in 1 906 for Mr. C. D. Norton, Lake Forest, Illinois, at a cost 
of $12,000. For detail and interior views see plate following. 



The Staircase Hall and Living Room Beyond 

The Big Living Room, with Old Mahogany, Chintz-Covered Furniture, and New Wicker 


The Fountain Seems to Echo the Delicacy of the General Design of the House 

A Modern Colonial 

Richard E. Schmidt , Garden 

& Martin, Architects, 

Chicago, Illinois 

^T HE interior is full of quiet dignity. The lighting is particularly worthy of attention. There are no central fixtures 
to break the long, low appearance, lamps and side fixtures being used to give the necessary light and to add to the 
decorative effect. The walls and ceilings are kept in light tones, which combine well with the white woodwork and 
the simple dotted muslin curtains. For plans and exterior see plate preceding. 

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An Attractive Home with Shingled Exterior 

^4. G. Brown and James L. Fyfe, Associate Architects, 
Chicago, Illinois 

A COUNTRY house like this with white trimmings always looks well in 
a setting of trees, shrubs, and flowers. The entire walls and roofs 
are covered with split cypress shingles. The base course is of hard-burned 
brick; the floor of the porch is of tile. The wood flower boxes add very little 
to the cost of a house, but lend much to its charm and domestic feeling. For 
rear view, elevations, and plans of second story and attic, see plate following. 




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An Attractive Home With Shingled 

A. G. Brown and James L. Fyfe, Associate Architects, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THE rear of the house makes a very attractive appearance, showing how 

1 important it is that the back of a house receive as much study as the 

front. The big chimney gives dignity to the composition, The house was 

built in 1909. For front view, first story, and basement plan, see plate 




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A ^Well-Designeci Frame Dwelling ^Vhose Chief 
Characteristic Is Simplicity 

Arthur G. Brown, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

THIS frame house, which is the residence of Mr. Aylesworth, Wilmette, Illinois, has stucco outside on metal lath, 

with half timber treatment in the second story. The overhanging bays lend interest and give character to the 

simple lines of the house. The roof is covered with shingles dipped in stain. The living and dining rooms have birch 

mahogany finish, the balance of the main portion has white wood with white enamel finish, and mahogany doors. The 

kitchen portion is finished in Georgia pine, stained. The house was built in 1 905 and cost $ 1 4,000. 


A Colonial Plaster House 

A. Raymond Ellis, Architect, Hartford, Connecticut 

THIS house illustrates the substantial character that can 
be given a frame house covered with stucco. The 
red shingle roof harmonizes well with the grey plaster, 
the brick chimney, and green blinds. The building faces 
west. The interior finish consists of mahogany in the din- 


ing room, oak in the den, and white wood in the living 
room, hall, and on the second floor. There are hardwood 
floors in the main rooms. The house is heated by hot 
water. It was built, in 191 0, in Hartford, Connecticut, for 
Mr. W. C. Walker, at a cost of approximately $1 5,000. 

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Residence of E. D. Moeng on the Shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois 

A Tasteful Living Room with Soft Lighting Effects 

Hallway and Stairs 

A Lake Skore Residence of Novel Exterior 

Lawrence Buck, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

THE local material — pebbles from the beach — has been used effectively on the exterior. The 
roof is of a gray-green tile, and the trim is stained brown to match the color of the branches 
of the trees. The staircase window has a leaded glass design of a rose tree in soft tones of green 
and rose white. Other windows have designs of leaded stained glass suggesting the stories of 
Knighthood. The fireplace and the circular window of the living room are treated in an unusual 
way, the fireplace having a copper hood finished verde antique, inset with a panel of glass mosaic. 
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Lawrence Buck, 

Architect j 
Chicago, Illinois 

| HE house is so planned that all the principal rooms have the advantage of the lake view. 

The veranda makes a delightful out-of-doors room with its small fireplace, screens, and 

glazed sash, the latter dropping into pockets in the wall. The woodwork of the living room 

and hall is of birch, stained a gray brown. The house was built in 1 909 at a cost of 

$ 1 4,000. For exterior and interiors, see plate preceding. 




A WelL-Built Brick and Plaster House 

A. Raymond Ellis, Architect, 
Hartford, Connecticut 

THE combination of plaster with brick in the lower story very 
often gives a lighter effect to a house. On the other hand, 
the use of brick in the lower story, in preference to carrying the 
plaster to the ground, does away with the danger of having the 
plaster when near to the ground disintegrate on account of being 
exposed almost constantly to the moisture of the ground and the 
bushes. A red brick has been used with a green slate roof. The 
house faces west. The interior has hardwood finish and floors, 
tile bathrooms, and hot-water heat. It is located in Hartford, 
Connecticut, and was built in 1 9 1 for Mr. C. E. Walker at a 
cost of approximately $ 1 7,000. 


A Fine Propotiron and Balance in the Design Very Materially Helped by the Heavy Growth of Vines The 
Living Porch Is at the East End and the Terrace Pergola at the West 

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Albro & Lindeberg, Architects 

THOSE who have traveled in England remember the homelike aspect of the straw 
thatched house. This house is one of the examples in this country where the 
architects have used the shingles to produce a similar effect which in this case is very 
successful. The house is of frame covered with stucco over wire lath. The yellow sand 
of the vicinity gives the stucco a warm buff color. The blinds are a pale green, all other 
exterior woodwork is unstained and allowed to weather. It is the summer home of 
Mr. Edward T. Cockroft at Easthampton, Long Island. 




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A Frame and Plaster Suburban Home 

George W. Maker, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS attractive dwelling with its magnificent setting 
of foliage is the home of Mr. Frederick Sutton, 
Kenil worth, Illinois. It is a frame house with expanded 
metal covered with a fine texture of rough cast cement 
plaster and shingled roof. The interior of the house is 
well worth study. On entering, the whole house opens 
up before you, the staircase and dining room being 
thrown directly into the large finely proportioned liv- 
ing room. The interior trim of the living and dining 
rooms is fumed oak, and the bedrooms are finished in 
enamel white. The motif of the lotus flower convention- 
alized runs through the design of the details. The house 
was built in 1908 at a cost of 25 cents per cubic foot. 

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This Library Shows the Effect of Harmonious and Artistic Treatment of Interior Decoration 

A House of Stucco with Gable-Roof Treatment, Kankakee, Illinois 

Examples of a New Style of 

Domestic Arckitecture in 

ana about Chicago 

Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THE chief characteristics of this style are the 
harmonious relation of the interiors and 
exteriors and the broad and simple treatment 
devoid of unnecessary ornamentation, relying upon 
the proportions, color, and arrangement to obtain 
a pleasing effect. 

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Living Room of a Home in River Forest, Illinois, Showing Artisti< 
Grouping about the Fireplace 

This House Shows a Hip Roof Treatment with the Very Flat Pitch Character- 
istic of This Style. The Exterior Walls Are Principally of Wood. Located at 
Evanston, Illinois 

North Front Showing Drive and Porte Cochere 

View of Terrace from Lake 

A Fireproof Country Mansion of Distinct Colonial Cnaracter 

James Pur don, Architect, Boston, Massachusetts 

View of Library Loggia from Terrace 

THIS residence of Charles L. Harding, Esq., Dedham, Massachusetts, has the exterior walls facer. witK "t.rL*~," k • L • J LJ A 1 j • ■ r . ,r , ,. 

and die roof is covered with moss green dull-glaze tile in flat shingle shapes Th^h^k^nU?^ ^ U ? If** ***?': the "*""? & tnmmmgS M f ° f , buff Indiana limest <™: 

etc., being arranged on the north side. The building i, entirely BTJtiTl^ k. ' {f J™ P^'^T'fT llVmg r0om »d bedroom exposed to the south, the staircases, 

partitions, stairs, ceiKngs, etc., are constructed of terra cotta and Sd k^^edttST feL was bSt 19 iTatT t TtT. "? ""V? *T* *?* *T ! rl ^ 

i ne nouse was built in I V I U and cost, complete, 63 cents per cubic foot. For interiors see plate following. 



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First Floor Plan 

Second Floor, Plah 

Library Showing Door on Left Leading out upon Loggia 

Sun Room Looking Toward Terrace and Lake 

A Fireproof Country 

James Pur don y Architect , 
Boston, Massachusetts 

Library: Walls and ceilings of 
weathered English oak; floors of dull 
blue unglazed Grueby tile; mantel 
carved white Indiana limestone. 

Sun Room; Walls of "tapestry" 
brick: floors of moss green dull- 
glaze Grueby tile; doors of mahog- 
any with leaded plate glass; fountain 
of Italian Carara marble. 

Dining Room: Walls and finish 
including mantle of carved dark 
Tabasco mahogany ; mahogany 
furniture; blue leather panels in 
walls and seat coverings; ceiling 
with ornamental plaster beams; 
crystal electroliers. 

Entrance Hall: Walls of French 
Caen stone; doors Tabasco Mahog- 
any; fireplace facing of "tapestry" 
brick in deep tones, stairs, Caen 
stone finish; balustrade, wrought 
bronze finish with mahogany hand- 
rail. For plans and exterior views, 
see plate preceding. 

Dining Room Showing Fireplace with Facing of Black and Gold Egyptian Marble 

Entrance Hall Looking Toward Dining Room. Front Door and Stairs on Left 

Brick and Plaster Residence of Mr. J. Fletcher Skinner. Oak Park, Illinois 

Interior of Veranda Which Is Finished in Oak with Cement Floor 

A Well-Designed Suburban Mansion 

Charles E. White, Jr., Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

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Hall Fireplace with View of Double Library Entrance and Staircase 

A Comfortable Looking Corner in the Living Room 

Looking from Living Room down the Hall towards Dining Room View of Dining Room Showing Oak Paneling 

A Well-Designed SuLurLan Mansion, Charles E. White, Jr., Architect, Chicago, Illinois 
These interiors of Mr. Skinner's residence show the delightful openness and charming design of the living rooms. For plans and exterior, see plate preceding. 

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A Substantial Brick Mansion 

Spencer & Powers, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 

PHE plan of this house has been carefully worked out and 
■ embodies all modern improvements. The house is built on 
a corner lot, the kitchen and the garage portion facing one 
street, and built up to the lot line. The entrance faces east and 
sets back a ways from the road to give a chance for the terracing. 
The living porch has been located on the garden side with south, 
west, and north exposure, and has been placed so that it is acces- 
sible from the living room and from the dining room. An interest- 
ing feature of the plan is the fact that the garage has been con- 
nected with the house. The interior has been treated in a simple 
and dignified manner. The living rooms and halls are trimmed in 
oak, and the bedrooms in birch stained, with oak floors in all of 
these rooms. The service portion has birch trim painted, with 
linoleum on the floors. The floors of the loggia, front entrance, 
and terrace are of brick laid in concrete. The house is situated in 
Oak Park, Illinois, and was completed for Mr. E. W. McCready 
in June, 1908. For exterior details see plate following. 



A Substantial Brick Mansion 

Spencer & Powers, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 

DRICK is a favorite material for the more costly city and suburban homes, not only on account of the fire-resisting 
*-* qualities of the material, but also on account of the variety of beautiful textures and color effects that can be 
obtained in a well-laid brick wall. In this exterior a medium tan-colored Norman brick has been used with the hori- 
zontal joints raked out and the vertical joints made flush, thus accentuating the horizontal lines of the design. The roof is 
of Cloverport, Kentucky, red shingle tile. The entrance faces east. Casement windows with a simple but rich leaded 
glass design have been used throughout, except in the kitchen portion, where the usual double hung window has been 
installed. For plans and exterior showing garage see plate preceding. 

Living Porch and Balcony Alcove on Side Towards the River 

Main View of House Showing the Broad Expanse of Lawn, the Pergola at the Left, and the River Beyond 

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Dining Room with Entrance to Library at the Left 

An Attractive Country Residence Combining Elegance 
AVitk Good Taste 

Henry K. Holsman, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

pHIS large and well-designed house is the residence of Mr. George Webb, Oak 
Park, Illinois, and is an excellent illustration of the beauty of preserving simple lines 
even in costly houses. The exterior walls are entirely of brick, the facing being a 
rough brick of varying shades. The second story is plastered with stucco to lighten 
the appearance. The roofs are covered with clay tile. The exterior porch and floors 
are reinforced concrete for the porches, and tile and brick for the terraces and finished 
floors. The interior construction is of wood with steel columns and girders, cement 
plaster walls, and hardwood trim and floors throughout. The landscape work was laid 
out by the architect and completed by the nurseryman. The house was completed 
in 1910, and cost about 22 cents a cubic foot. 


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Living Porch and Balcony Alcove on Side Towards the River 

Main View of House Showing the Broad Expanse of Lawn, the Pergola at the Left, and the River Beyond 

A Modern Half-Timter 

Harvey Wright, Architect, 
Chicago, Illinois 

THE lower story is entirely of 
plaster while in the second 
story the half-timber treatment is 
used for decorative purposes, the 
smaller plaster surfaces making a 
pleasing contrast to the broad 
areas and arch treatment below. 
A strong line of demarkation 
between the two stories is 
obtained by having the second 
project beyond the first. The 
house is the residence of Mr. 
A. J. Farley, Wheaton, Illinois. 

Living Room Showing the Brick Fireplace and Staircase Platform 

Bedroom Having Decided Colonial Feeling with Its White Woodwork and 
Mahogany Furniture 

Apartment Building of Excellent Design 

Spencer & Powers, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 
THIS building, which contains eighteen apartments, is located on Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, and was built in 1 9 1 1 at a cost of about $45,000. The 
1 exterior is a dark red shade of paving brick. The interior trim is of oak in the halls, living rooms, and dining rooms, and of birch in the bedrooms, kitchens, 

and bathrooms. The six three-room fiats at the west end of the building have built-in folding beds, thus affording practically the same accommodations as the other 

flats in the building which have four rooms. The flats rent for $37.50 to $50 per month. 


Suburban Flat Building 

E. E. Roberts, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

PHIS building being outside of the city limits is constructed of frame with 
* stucco finish on the exterior and painted wood trim. The advantage of this 
type of building is that it can be made to look like a private residence by having 
a pitched roof, while there is enough space around it to permit of trees and 
shrubs. Built in 1 9 1 at Oak Park, Illinois, for Mr. B. P. Horton. The cost 
of the building was approximately $1 1 ,000 and both apartments rent for $62.50 
per month. 


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Couttesy of the NATIONAL BUILDER, Chicago, Illinois 


Two-Family Apartment Building in a Large City 

Perry & Thomas, Architects, Chicago, Illinois 

4E exterior is of pressed brick with Bedford stone trim, which forms a pleasing combination with an 
atmosphere of solidity due to the absence of projecting metal or wood cornices. Access to the 
second-floor apartment is provided by an open stairway in the public hall, from which the door to the 
first apartment opens. There is a porch on each floor entirely separate from the entrance porch. The 
building is finished in hardwood throughout, and is heated by hot water. The living rooms have brick 
mantels and built-in bookcases. The* dining rooms have sideboards, and the closet room is ample. The 
total estimate of cost is $10,498.78, of which some of the principal items are as follows: Excavating 
and masonry, $3,266.08; lumber, $1,166.42; mill work, $ 1 , 1 98.85 ; carpenter labor, $983.79; 
plastering, $394.20; plumbing, $600; heating, $1 ,200. The estimated cubic feet of building from 
bottom of cellar to roof, not figuring the rear porch, is 60,588, which makes the cost of this building 
about 1 7 cents per cubic foot. 


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A Pleasing Group of Apartments 

E. E. Roberts f Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

|N this building a successful attempt has been made to get away from the box-like appearance of the 
ordinary flat building by an interesting treatment of openings and pitched roofs, and the introduction of 
gables. The attic space thus supplied permits the location of the storerooms upstairs instead of in the 
basement, as is the usual custom. The half-timber motif in the gables adds a great deal of life to the 
composition. These apartment buildings, of which there are three, were erected at Oak Park, Illinois, in 
1907, for Mr. Luther Conant at a cost of about $19,000 per building. The apartments rent for $50 
per month. 


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Living Room Looking Toward Entrance Hall 

Dining Room with South Exposure 

A Modern City Apartment Building 

William H. Pruyn, Jr., & Company, Architects, 
Chicago, Illinois 

| HE exterior is of red paving brick with 

stone trimmings. A nice feature is the 

fact of there being two porches, one 

off the living room and one off the dining 

room. The back staircase is arranged so 

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that it does not protrude beyond the rear 
wall of the building. All the rooms are 
on the outside, thus securing a maximum of 
light and air. The living room and recep- 
tion hall are trimmed in birch mahogany, 
the dining room in light weathered oak, the 
bedroom in white enamel, and the kitchen 
in natural oak. The front porches have 
reinforced concrete floors and Spanish 
green tile roofs. The building was erected 
in 1912 at a total cost of $19,000. 
The apartments rent for $42.50 to $50. 

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School Building in Wayne, Illinois. The Wide Stairways and Ample Exits Are an Excellent Feature of This Design 

A Modern Sckool House for a Small Community 

D. E. Postle, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

'"THE excavation for this building was started in June, 1910, and the entire work was completed 
in time for the fall term of that year. The base course is of stone, the first story of face brick, 
and the gables of half timber work. The roofs are covered with shingles. The rooms are light and 
airy and the feature of having the less-used assembly room on the second floor is a very commendable 
one. For plans and elevations, see plate following. 

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A Modern School House for a 
Small Community 

D. E, Postle, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

PHE plan of this building is compact; the stairway 
A facilities are ample, and the arrangement good. 
The detailed cost of the building is as follows: 

Carpenter work - - - - $3,495.00 

Mason work 1,812.00 

Lathing and plastering - - 786. 1 2 

Painting 318.00 

Furnaces 429.00 

Blackboards 44.48 

Total, $6,884.50 

Add to the above the architect's commission. For 
exterior view and sections, see plate preceding. 

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Public Library at Kearney, New Jersey 

Davis, McGrath, and Kiessling, Architects , New York City, New York 

A N interesting brick and stone design, the brick laid with Flemish bond. The detail is 

Greek in character. The Doric order is used with the columns somewhat higher in 

proportion to their width than is usual, but in this case is very successful. The front faces 

west The building was finished in March, 1907, at a cost of $27,500 complete. 




The Long Building Is the George Beach Home, and the Kelsey Memorial Cottage Is Seen on the Right 

The George Beach Home, Hartford, Connecticut 

Institutional Buildings 

A. Raymond Ellis, Architect, Hartford, Connecticut 

PHE Widows* Home and Kelsey Memorial are both inhabited by widows, the janitor 
occupying the first floor of the Kelsey Memorial. These buildings are finished through- 
out in gum wood with maple floors. The roofs are of slate. Common brick is used on the 
lower story of the exterior with black headers, giving a rich texture. The upper story is 
of stucco. The two homes were built in 1911 and together cost $23,000. 

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The Kelsey Memorial Cottage, Hartford, Connecticut 

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Interior Looking Towards Entrance 


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All Souls Church at Evanston, Illinois 


A Small Stone CLurck of Unusual Merit 

Marion M. Griffin, Architect, Chicago, Illinois 

THIS attractive little church has a seating capacity of 125. The exterior has been 
kept as simple and dignified as possible, relying upon the vines to soften the 
lines of the stone structure. An unusual feature is the art-glass light treatment in the 
ceiling at the entrance and in the chancel portion. The coloring of the glass is such 
as to throw a soft light giving an effect of increased height and still preserving a 
devotional atmosphere about the interior. The leaded glass design in the windows 
harmonizes with the design in the ceiling lights. The light fixtures and the decora- 
tions in the chancel were designed by the architect. The church was built in 1904 
at a cost of $6,000, not including the organ, which cost $ 1 ,000. 

Interior Looking Towards Chancel 

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